Photo: Guy AmbrosinoBy Lynn Andriani
The One-Bite App
Use: Cherry tomatoes
These pesto-stuffed tomatoes are bright and beautiful, and offer a fresh alternative to tomato-basil-mozzarella skewers. Use cherry and not grape tomatoes; otherwise, they won't stand upright and the filling will spill out.
1 cup fresh basil leaves
3 to 4 cloves of garlic, peeled
5 Tbsp. pine nuts
1/2 tsp. sea salt, or to taste
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus additional as needed
1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
1 pound cherry tomatoes
Place the basil leaves, garlic, pine nuts, salt, olive oil, and Pecorino in a food processor or blender and process until smooth. If the pesto is too thick for your taste, add a little more olive oil.
Cut the tops off the tomatoes. With a small spoon (I use an espresso spoon), scoop out the seeds and pulp, taking care not to puncture the skin. Fill the tomatoes with the pesto and serve at room temperature.
From Whatever Happened to Sunday Dinner? (Sterling Epicure) by Lisa Caponigri.
Use: Baby pear tomatoes
Think of this lunch or brunch essential as a cross between a pizza and a fruit pie. You pile a savory mixture of baby pear tomatoes (which, like tiny pears, have narrow necks and a wide, round base), onions and celery into a crust, and then lay strips of dough over the filling in a crisscross pattern. The finished dish is mellow and just a little sweet, and tastes delicious hot, room temperature or cold.
Get the recipe: Tomato Pie
Photo: Victoria PearsonThe New Spin on a Fried Classic
Use: Green tomatoes
This recipe, from Sheryl Crow's personal chef Chuck White, is a play on the traditional BLT, without the bread. Fried tomato slices act as bookends, and, in between, roasted-garlic aioli acts as mayo, pancetta as bacon and spinach as lettuce.
Get the recipe: Fried Green Tomato BLT
Photo: Mikkel VangThe Soup You Want When It's Sweltering Out
Use: Heirloom tomatoes
This simple gazpacho is a wonderful way to highlight the acidity, sweetness and juiciness of those weird/beautiful-looking farm-stand classics. It's a great busy-day dinner, too, since you can make it ahead of time--the longer it sits in the fridge, the better it'll taste.
Get the recipe: Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho
Photo: ThinkstockThe Sunday Supper
Use: Plum tomatoes
With fewer seed compartments, and more solid content than their round counterparts, torpedo-shaped plum tomatoes are ideal for making pasta sauce. The San Marzano variety is the Rolls-Royce of plum tomatoes, but any ripe variety will work in this easy sauce.
Get the recipe: Fresh Roma Tomato Sauce
Photo: Sang AnThe Stunningly Simple Sandwich
Use: Any kind of tomato, as long as it has a bit of that odd, dry-tomato-stem smell still on it
Here's all you need to make this perfect summer lunch: Thick slices of tomato, good bread, mayonnaise, salt and a little black pepper. That's it. Take a big bite, then another, and remember this moment in January.
Get the recipe: Tomato Sandwich
Photo: Quentin BaconThe Condiment You'll Put on Almost Anything
Use: Beefsteak tomatoes
Chef Michelle Bernstein created this fresh tomato relish--which has a rich flavor and hearty texture (read: not watery)--to complement juicy pork tenderloin with parsley-cilantro sauce. But it's also terrific with hamburgers, hot dogs or roasted chicken. One more way we love it: spread on top of bread or pizza dough as a stand-in for marinara sauce.
Get the recipe: Tomato Relish